Information on Testing

COVID-19 Testing

The Health Department encourages residents to continue to test for COVID-19 as needed. For full information on testing, visit the MDPH website. As a reminder, every home in the U.S. is eligible to order up to three rounds of free at-home tests. Order yours today at this link: https://www.covid.gov/tests 

 For more detailed information about the best way to use rapid at-home tests, including how to improve their accuracy by using repeated testing, see this link to FDA guidance. Visit the MDPH website for more information on testing.

 When to Test

  • If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild, isolate and take a test and stay home until you know the result. If the results are negative, retest 24-48 hours later.

 What kind of test can I use?

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19: Rapid antigen or PCR (If you had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you should use a rapid antigen test rather than a PCR, since PCR tests can stay positive for months).
  • If you do not have symptoms but were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19: Rapid antigen or, if you have not had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, PCR
  • To test in order to stop masking prior to day 10 following isolation: Rapid antigen

When to Test

  •  If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild, isolate and take a test and stay home until you know the result. If the results are negative, retest 24-48 hours later.
  • If the result is positive, follow isolation protocols.
  • If you are exposed and are asymptomatic, take a test on day 6 following an exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If you test negative, continue taking precautions through day 10. 
  • You can consider testing before spending time with someone who is at high risk for severe COVID-19 (due to older age or medical conditions) especially if you are in an area with medium or high COVID-19 Community Level. 

Where to Find Tests

Rapid antigen tests are available at many stores and pharmacies. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order up to three rounds of free at-home tests. Order yours today at this link: https://www.covid.gov/tests.

Find a PCR test site near you. 

Tested positive for COVID-19? Read this guide from the Health Department on isolation and quarantine. In most cases, if you're vaccinated and have no other health issues, in most instances COVID-19 illnesses can be managed at home. Contact your personal health care provider with specific concerns.